10 Offbeat Things to Do in Goa Beyond Beaches

10 Offbeat Things to Do in Goa Beyond Beaches

“The landscapes that look as green as if they are painted freshly by a painter who brings life to its art; the cloudy sky and the dewy leaves, the terrifying sound of the Dhudhsagar waterfalls and the never-ending avenue stretching along the sandy beaches that are washed away with crazy monsoon sea waves… ” this is how the world’s favourite beach destination looks like in monsoon. And who wouldn’t wish to run away to enjoy such beauty!! Goa is unarguably much more beyond just its beaches.

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A walk through the Colourful Portuguese Colony of Goa – Photo story

A walk through the Colourful Portuguese Colony of Goa – Photo story

The state of Goa is certainly blessed with amazing geographic location along with variety in culture and architecture. The state was once a Portuguese colony and still has many beautiful reminiscent of the Portuguese era. One of such places is located in the capital city of Panjim. Fountainhas area, near Ourem Creek in Panjim has the Latin quarters of the Portuguese colonists. Read more

An Alternative to Goa Trip; Beach Town Udupi

An Alternative to Goa Trip; Beach Town Udupi

The moment we hear the name ‘Udupi’ , the spiritual town and  image pops up in the display screen of our mind and at the same time our foody mind scrolls through all the possible images of Udupi  sambhar, vada , idli and dosa. But this little town has one more image of it to show you, the vast blue image of it.

 A few of the beaches in this town are as beautiful as the beaches in the islands of Andaman. Unlike the beaches of Goa and other famous tourist towns, the beaches here are clean and well maintained. Infact, while in Goa, I totally avoided the crowded beaches and instead opted for the exploration of Museums, spice plantation, Portuguese colonies and the temples of Goa.

But Udupi, was altogether a  different experience. Read more

Temple Run at Goa’s Preserved Shrines

Temple Run at Goa’s Preserved Shrines

Temples?? And Goa??? Sounds quite contradictory …. Doesn’t it? But Goa is not just about Portuguese architecture, beaches, parties and churches. The colourful temples of Goa has its own charm and the different architecture provides you a glimpse of Goa’s old Indian traditional life.

I rode on for the temple run across the Ponda region of Goa and was really amazed by its beauty and serenity.

The common feature of most of the temples is colourful interiors, kund (water tank) and Deepa Stambha ( Lamp Tower)

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The Big Foot Museum in Goa – The Lost Goan Culture

The Big Foot Museum in Goa – The Lost Goan Culture

If you think Goa is just about beautiful beaches then probably you are wrong. Goa has rich culture beyond just the Portuguese and French colonies and traditions. Unfortunately the real Goa, before it was transformed by the French and Portuguese, can now only be seen in museums. One such beautiful museum showcasing the tradition and culture of Goan people is the Big-foot Museum.  Read more

How to Afford Full-time Travel: An Answer Straight From ‘The Bhagvan’

How to Afford Full-time Travel: An Answer Straight From ‘The Bhagvan’

While most travel crazy youngsters have the question ‘How to afford Full-time Travel.’, I have taken this initiative of bringing on the travel secrets of the urban nomads. These travellers have either successfully completed a gap year or are traveling by shifting their careers.

Here is the man who doesn’t hold any degree but fulfils his dream by being a wordsmith. He is a poet, an artist and spreads the magic of his talent as he travels.  Read more

How do I Afford to Travel as a Jobless Nomad

How do I Afford to Travel as a Jobless Nomad

The question came almost from all of my followers across social media and on my blog. It was interesting that some of my fellow bloggers were also surprised how could I travel so much and collaborate with International brands and tourism boards so quickly while they struggle to build-up their content. I was bombarded with a hell lot of questions after I chose to be a digital nomad for a few years of my life. However, I can more be termed as a freelancer working on the go. Read more

Manali to Leh – A Solo Traveller’s Hitchhiking and Budget Travel Guide

Manali to Leh – A Solo Traveller’s Hitchhiking and Budget Travel Guide

 

The whiff of mud after a drizzle, the chilling wind, the topsy-turvy roads revealing the best of the panoramic view and the Lahauli songs playing loudly in the car, made my lips stretch into a smile. Sometimes while some famous song played, I would be explained the meaning and then we all would follow the dancing step as shown by the elderly lady clad in a Lahauli dress. The little girl of the family in the car kept smiling and waving a goodbye to each vehicle we crossed on Manali-Leh highway.  In between, I was asked if I wanted the freshly plucked pears and apples from their farm. The nectar-like taste of those fruits, the music and the fun we had, made me realize the perks of hitch-hiking. It is more than just a drop!  Read more

Worshipping the Nature; Nyokum Yullo, A Tribal Fest of Arunachal Pradesh

Worshipping the Nature; Nyokum Yullo, A Tribal Fest of Arunachal Pradesh

 

“The narrow winding lanes of Yazali were decked up with the bamboo poles, and they called it ‘Tori’ engraved with simple yet artistic designs. Traditionally dressed men and women were lined up for the procession. While the women hung the ‘Tokris’ (a bamboo basket), the men carried the ‘Toris’ with a chicken tied to them. The Nyokum songs were played at the highest volume today but the thumping sound of the gong overpowered the music played on the modern technology. The women and men of the Nyishi Tribe walked in two parallel lines clapping and altering their dance moves with each musical note, singing “Nyokum Bo Taba Debe”. The rain god also joined the celebration by showering the watery arrows on the Nyishi land.. Read more

Siddhpur; A Must-Visit Offbeat Place in Gujarat

Siddhpur; A Must-Visit Offbeat Place in Gujarat

Have you ever been mesmerized by those images of the colourful houses that Copenhagen Tourism keeps flashing to attract the tourists? Well, then you would be surprised that India has its own set of such houses with a little pastel shade.

Siddhpur is a little town in Gujarat and surprisingly, the travel-crazy Gujaratis also seemed unaware of this quintessential gem. Read more